Match of the week
Grilled aubergine, red pepper and goats cheese baguette and Le Fruit Défendu rosé
It’s been so steamingly hot this past week down in the Languedoc (sorry to rub it in, rain-sodden folks back home) that there isn’t any alternative to rosé for my match of the week. That’s what I’ve been drinking (albeit from different producers) with everything.
The best match though - and I offer you this as much as a great sandwich suggestion as a food pairing - was a sarnie I rustled up for my vegan daughter to eat on the plane and then made one for myself as it looked so delicious. It was grilled aubergine, red peppers (also grilled) and basil stuffed into a baguette and drizzled with olive oil - only as I’m not vegan and there was goats’ cheese in the fridge I slathered some of that on the base of the sandwich too.
With it I had a glass of the nearest bottle that was open, a 2011 Fruit Défendu rosé from Domaine Magellan in the next door village of Magalas - a really nice dry rosé made mainly from old vine Cinsault with a little Syrah. Cinsault can be bubblegummy but I note they say on the website they don’t control the temperature over much “This old grape variety doesn’t appreciate being treated too technologically”.
Linlithgow Wines seems to have it for £6.76 a bottle which is a very fair price. When and if the sun next shines I can strongly recommend it. And the sandwich.
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